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Conocimiento - "Becoming Aware"

03/15/2014 - 03/22/2014: all day

Contact: 213 740-6110

Rev. Jim Burklo, USC's Associate Dean of Religious Life, leads this annual alternative spring break trip to Tucson, Arizona.  All students of any or no religious background, are invited to apply to be part of an unforgettable adventure!  Conocimiento 2014 is an experience in service, advocacy, learning and spiritual reflection.

This week-long trip will be both a service-learning experience and an interfaith spiritual retreat.  In the Tucson area, we will work with faith-based groups focused on human rights and immigration reform.  We'll meet with undocumented migrants crossing the US-Mexico border, Border Patrol ("migra") officers, local politicians, and rabbis and pastors working for immigration reform.  We'll visit a medical clinic that serves undocumented people.  We'll participate in the weekly vigil at a shrine in Tucson that memorializes those who have died crossing the border.

We'll visit the US side of the border fence at Nogales and visit sacred sites in the Tohono O'Odham Native American reservation.  We will experience Native American, Catholic Christian, Jewish, Protestant Christian, and worship and spiritual practice of other faiths.  We'll meditate, pray and reflect together on our experiences, in the midst of the natural beauty of the Sonoran Desert. 

We'll be living simply for the week, sleeping in sleeping bags on a carpeted church floor, sharing meals with local people.  There is still space if you are interested. 

USC Office of Religious Life

University Park Campus
University Religious Center, Rm 106
Los Angeles, CA 90089

Health Sciences Campus
McKibben Hall, Rm 160
Los Angeles, CA 90033

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